Northeastern appoints vice president for online programs

Chris Mal­lett will lead the direc­tion and growth of the university’s online and hybrid-​​learning pro­grams, dri­ving the university’s strategic vision in this space and over­seeing a team sup­porting all Northeastern’s col­leges in adding and growing their online programs.

Social entrepreneurship’s global impact

North­eastern con­vened more than 110 scholars and prac­ti­tioners from around the world for a con­fer­ence last week that explored the latest research in social entre­pre­neur­ship and the aca­d­emic, entre­pre­neurial, and prac­tical expe­ri­ence stu­dents gain from immersing them­selves in the social enter­prise sector.

Researchers discover new digestive strategy in shipworms

An inter­na­tional research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has dis­cov­ered a novel diges­tive strategy in a wood-​​boring clam. The break­through, the researchers say, may also be a game-​​changer for the indus­trial pro­duc­tion of clean biofuels.

First genome of an Antarctic notothenioid fish sequenced

North­eastern is part of an inter­na­tional research team that has sequenced the first genome of an Antarctic notothe­nioid fish. The break­through will shed light on the animal’s unique evo­lu­tionary adap­ta­tion to freezing waters.

A new tool to follow Ebola news on Twitter

A new Web tool co-​​developed by net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani and his team at Northeastern’s MoBS Lab pulls Twitter men­tions of Ebola-​​related key­words and dis­plays them on an inter­ac­tive world map—allowing the public to follow the latest news and dis­cus­sion in real time.

Aoun to students: you are the trailblazers for co-​​op

Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun dis­cussed co-​​op, his new global officer posi­tion, and lead­er­ship lessons on Monday night in a meeting with the North­eastern Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Association.

Big Data, innovative research

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of North­eastern fac­ulty and stu­dents led inter­ac­tive demos and pre­sen­ta­tions show­casing research projects that leverage Big Data at the university’s sixth Pop Up Open Lab Expe­ri­ence and Recep­tion on Monday.